First of all great topic and post! Secondly I don’t think I want to see a world war II time period in a Age of Empire game, because to me it’s always been about Ancient time’s & Medieval area and changing this would feel so weird to me. Besides we already have a bunch of RTS games which take place in world war II and I miss the other time periods.
But if we were to get an Age of Empire’s game set in World war II, I’d like to see far more countries at launch or added over time, that actually did stuff in World war II, countries that almost never get some attention whom I think they should because they contributed to things in the war.
One example would be Greece for such a small country, they managed to destroy the Italian army led by Mussolini (Greco-italian war) and stop his “New Roman Empire” mind set & also managed to interrupt the Germans by two months before they finally conquered the island of Crete and the Greeks gave up.
The Germans wanted to control Greece because of good view over the Aegean sea which would allow Germany to detect and control far more for their purpose.
This of course forced Germany to change their plans for attacking Russia, so this also gave Russia time to prepare for incoming attack from Germany.
I know we can’t get all of the countries involved of course but I think it’s time they at least tried to give people a bigger picture of what actually happened in WW2 other than the big countries like Japan, America, Russia & Germany.